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Friday June 4, 2010 5:21 PM (EST+7)
Freedom flotilla ship MV Rachel Corrie continues to head for Gaza

Read more: Flotilla ship, aid, Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu, MV Rachel Corrie, Ashdod, Free Gaza movement

RAMALLAH, June 4 (JMCC) - The Freedom Flotilla ship MV Rachel Corrie is continuing its journey to Gaza, despite Israel’s warning that it will not be allowed to dock.

“We shall not allow the ships to reach Gaza. Not now and not later on, the Israeli news website ynet reported Netanhayu  as saying. We intend to direct the Rachel Corrie ship to the Ashdod port and transfer its civilian goods to Gaza following a security check.

Earlier reports that the ship had turned back have been denied. Organizers say the ship is set to reach Gaza at 8am on Saturday.

Martin O'Quigley, from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which is working with the Free Gaza Movement, said he spoke to two people on board this morning. They're 150 miles from Gaza, and they should be approaching the exclusion zone at 8am tomorrow, O'Quiqley said. They're about 80 miles from the previous interception point.

Read more at The Guardian...

Israel’s attack against the aid flotilla on Monday, in which 9 people were killed, has seen international condemnation. Key members of the  Free Gaza movement, which is behind the MV Rachel Corrie flotilla are of unexpected ilk:

Founding members of the organisation, which is also operating the MV Rachel Corrie, include a US-based 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, Hedy Epstein, and a 76-year-old grandmother originally from Bolton, Mary Hughes.

Read more at The Guardian...







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